Fungie is officially the world’s oldest solitary dolphin
Dingle’s famous resident is now a Guinness World Record holder
Fungie: the famous dolphin is now a Guinness World Record holder
Fungie, a male Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, was first sighted off the coast of Dingle in 1983, and has since become a much-loved symbol of the region. After 36 years of life in and around the harbour mouth of Dingle, he has also become a mainstay of the local tourism industry, with dedicated “Fungie boats” regularly ferrying visitors to see him. Despite some accidents and injuries in the past, Fungie is now estimated to be at least 40 years old.
The report also revealed that bottlenose dolphins are by far the most likely cetaceans to “go solo”. The second most common species were beluga whales, followed by common dolphins.